I’m 79 years young, a retired civil engineer, a widower, and humbly a faithful Catholic. I completely disagree with the pope’s recent pronouncement on the death penalty.
With the doctrinal reformulation concerning the death penalty to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has clarified the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty. Acting in continuity with and developing from the teaching already in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this clarification should come as no surprise to anyone.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the death penalty now is no longer admissible under any circumstances.
Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth believes Catholic bishops in Texas are slowly gaining momentum in reducing Catholic support for the death penalty in a state that is widely considered ground zero for the use of capital punishment in the U.S.
The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.
Dear Editor: Trump won because people are tired of killing human beings, babies, seniors, disabled and depressed, and pro-life people are glad he won. Get over it, because it is very annoying to read in the papers from women who constantly talk about the death penalty as being equal to abortion.
In this year’s election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.
Pope Francis urged additional support in abolishing the death penalty worldwide and eradicating the external debt of developing countries. Working to build dialogue, peace and justice in “our complex and violent world” is a huge and difficult task that requires seeking the common good, he said in a written message.
Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state’s Catholic bishops.
Death-penalty opponents as well as some victims of the attacks and their families were critical of the sentence, but others said the punishment was fitting for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.